How to Activate Full Screen Mode in Google Chrome

Put Chrome in full-screen mode to see more of the page

Screenshot of Chrome in full-screen mode with Lifewire website onscreen

Put Google Chrome into full-screen mode when you want to hide the distractions on your desktop to focus on one screen at a time. This way you see more of the actual page and hide all the other elements, including the bookmarks bar, menu buttons, any open tabs, and the operating system's clock, taskbar, and additional items. Chrome full-screen mode does not make the text on the page larger, though; you just see more of it. Instead, use the built-in zoom buttons when you want to enlarge the text because it is too hard to read.

When you run the Chrome browser in full-screen mode, it occupies all the space on your screen. Before you choose to go full screen with the browser, make sure you know how to return to the standard screen size without the familiar buttons that are hidden in full-screen mode. You just hover your mouse over the area when the browser controls are hidden, and they appear. Otherwise, you can use a keyboard shortcut to exit Chrome's full-screen mode.

How to Enable and Disable Full-Screen Mode in Chrome

The quickest way to make Google Chrome full-screen in the Windows operating system is to click the F11 key on your keyboard. If you use a laptop or similar device with the Fn key on the keyboard, you may have to press Fn + F11, instead of F11. Use the same key or keyboard combination to return to normal screen mode.

For Chrome users on macOS, click the green circle at the top left corner of Chrome to go to full-screen mode, and click it again to return to your regular screen.

Screenshot of green dot in upper left of full screen Chrome window in macOS

Mac users can also select View > Enter Full Screen from the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + F. Repeat either process to exit full-screen mode.

Enter Full-Screen Mode From Chrome Browser Menu

The alternative is to use Chrome's menu to toggle full-screen mode on and off:

  1. Open the Chrome menu (the three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen).

    Screenshot of Chrome web browser more three dots menu in Windows 10
  2. Go to Zoom in the drop-down window and select the square to the far right of the zoom buttons.

    Screenshot of fullscreen button in Chrome options in Windows 10
  3. Repeat the process to return to regular view or click the F11 key in Windows to return full-screen Chrome's window to its standard size.

    Screenshot of Press F11 to exit full screen message in Chrome in Windows 10
  4. On a Mac, run your cursor up to the top of the screen to display the menu bar and accompanying window controls and then click the green circle in the top left corner of the Chrome browser window.

How to Zoom In on Pages in Chrome

If you don't want to make Google Chrome display full-screen mode but instead just want to increase (or decrease) the size of the text on the screen, you can use the built-in zoom buttons.

  1. Open the Chrome menu.

    Screenshot of Zoom tool for individual Pages in Chrome on Windows 10
  2. Go to Zoom in the drop-down menu and click the + button to enlarge the page contents in regular increments up to 500 percent. Click the - button to reduce the size of the page contents.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to modify the size of the page contents. Hold down the CTRL key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac and press the plus or minus keys on the keyboard to zoom in and out respectively.